On the Jewish altar there were four projections, one at each corner, which were called
the horns of the altar. These projections are not found on the Christian altar, but the
word cornu ("horn") is still maintained to designate the sides or corners of the
altar. Hence cornu epistolae and cornu evangelii mean the epistle and gospel side of the
altar respectively, cornu anterius and cornu posterius evangelii or cornu dexterum
anterius and dexterum posterius mean respectively the anterior or posterior corner of the
altar at the gospel side.
A.J. SCHULTE Transcribed by Michael C. Tinkler
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